About Us

One21⎯led by championship coach and former sports executive, Marcia McDermott⎯ provides leadership coaching and strategic advising for coaches and sports executives. Our mission is to make good coaches great and great coaches better. 

What's in a name?

Like many athletes, McDermott has a strong attachment to her old college number⎯21⎯which she wore while winning three national championships at The University of North Carolina  at Chapel Hill. The name reflects the hard work, teamwork and value of competing at that level.

The name One21 also reflects our belief in the value of one-to-one engagement for coaches and sports leaders who could use an coach, advocate and resource to help set and achieve goals, lead with confidence and authenticity, inspire and motivate others, and perform at the highest levels.


Meet marcia McDermott

Coach. Strategist. Educator.

Marcia brings a wealth of experience as a championship-winning athlete, coach, and executive at the college, professional, and national levels. After her playing career, she went on to coach 20 years at the collegiate, professional, and national levels. She was an executive professional soccer including as the General Manager of the Chicago Red Stars. McDermott also served for 6 years on the executive committee of the United Soccer Coaches, including a year as president.

At the collegiate level, she coached at multiple Division I programs, including Northwestern, where she started the program and led her teams to two NCAA tournaments in the first 5 years. She later became the first woman head coach in the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), where she led the Carolina Courage from last place in 2001 to a 2002 regular season title and the first Founder’s Cup Championship. At the national team level, Marcia served as a scout for the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) at the 2003 World Cup, and later for two Gold Medal Olympic campaigns in 2008 and 2012. She served as an Assistant Coach for the 2011 USWNT through the World Cup and later was on staff with the U23 National team. As an athlete, she was a team captain and an All-American in her senior season at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a member of three national championship teams. From 1986 to 1988, she played on the USWNT..

Currently she serves an advisor for Sky Blue FC and works with the start up Coachability Consultants, Inc.  She is an ICF certified executive coach.